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The Power of Judges: A Comparative Study of Courts and Democracy

Carlo Guarnieri and Patrizia Pederzoli


Judicial intervention in social, economic, and political issues (‘judicialization’) has increased substantially in democracies in recent years. The change has been more dramatic in Europe than in the United States, where judicial law-making has largely been assimilated into the political process. Judges played a central role in a series of major political controversies throughout the 1990s in Italy, Spain, and France, and their involvement has resulted in moves to restrict or alter the power of judges. The role of judges has also become the subject of political debate and reform proposals in E ... More

Keywords: judicial intervention, social issues, economic issues, political issues, judicialization, Italy, Spain, France, England, Portugal, Germany, judicial status, judicial system, judicial review, trial structure, public prosecution, political systems

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780198298359
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198298359.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carlo Guarnieri, author
Dipartimento di organizzazione e sistema politico, Bologna, Italy

Patrizia Pederzoli, author
Dipartimento di organizzazione e sistema politico, Bologna, Italy

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